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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Hello Mint Dresser
On Friday, I was stopping at my usual Junque stops and came across this beauty. I immediately called my husband and told him to "start the car!', or in our case the truck.
I should state:
THIS IS MY FIRST DRESSER PROJECT!
That's right, very first one.
It all started last week, when I discovered the Turquiose Iris blog. If you have been checking out furniture blogs, I'm sure you have seen her work. I am totally in love with her colors and style. Back to the point... She inspired me to move past my usual end tables, and test the water. Little did I know this water would be deep. I started by sanding all flat surfaces, and wiping it down with TSP. I've heard quite a few DIY'ers mention this stuff. If you have not tried it yet, I would. It worked great. The only down side I found, was it made some of the finish soft at the edges. If anyone knows how to prevent or why, please let me know. In case your rushing out to buy some...I found mine at Home Depot.
Next step, mix paint.
1 cup paint
2 Tbsp Plaster of Paris
I am way too cheap to buy brand name chalk paint, and our local shop has limited hours. Don't get me wrong, I have tried Annie Sloan and LOVED it. I just can't take the price. I found this recipe somewhere online, and it works great. I find the key to smooth paint, is let it sit after the initial mix for 15 minutes. After that I would give it one more mix. I use a hand held mixer thing-a-ma-jig. Works amazing!
I put on a few coats, and lightly sanded with 220 Grit paper. Then wiped down the dresser one more time to remove the dust. I used Varathane Water Based Clear Coat to seal everything.
I really like the feel it gave the paint. I found mine at Rona, but I'm sure any local Hardware store would carry it.
Did I mention, I LOVE MINT!
Notice there's no hardware? Here they are.
I wasn't really feeling them. Any suggestions for new ones? I was thinking crystal glass knobs. Totally cHiC.
I want to share what else I stole bought, on Friday. It was so cheap, I felt like I was stealing it from the store. $49.99 Can you believe it?
What do you think? I adore the detail of the doors. I'm thinking turquoise....
On a total side note. Winter is almost over here in my neck of the woods.
I even found some grass. YIPEE!!!!
Grass is a sign that Garage Sale Season will be starting. soon. I feel like I have a new set of eyes to shop with.
Hey there! I'm so happy you stopped by to see me! I'm a wife and a mom to 2 very busy girls. When we're not out having adventures, you can catch me working out and coming up with new clean recipes! I have a slight obsession with HEALTH and FITNESS, which you'll come to know. I can't wait ot share my journey with you!